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  • Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, is urging students to make the best use of the opportunities that are available to them, especially in high school.
  • The Governor General said the transition from being a child to becoming an adult is sometimes difficult, and the best way to make that change is by attaining a good secondary education.
  • He said some youth miss out on the joys of being a child, as they opt to take the short road to adulthood.

Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, is urging students to make the best use of the opportunities that are available to them, especially in high school.

Addressing students at the Little London High School in Westmoreland, on May 15, the Governor General said the transition from being a child to becoming an adult is sometimes difficult, and the best way to make that change is by attaining a good secondary education.

He said some youth miss out on the joys of being a child, as they opt to take the short road to adulthood.

Acknowledging that adult life comes with its fair share of challenges, the Governor General said that, “with proper planning and a good education, most challenges will be successfully confronted.”

“While you are in school and especially here at Little London, you are to develop some skills which will help you to achieve your ultimate goal,” he told the students.

The Governor General said some students are longing to get out of school to begin life as an adult. “Let me tell you that adult life is not easy. Many young people lose out because they fail to prepare themselves for adulthood. Remember you can only be successful when you utilize and seize every chance to get a good education and to improve on it as you go on. Being a student and being in school is the best years of your life,” he said.

Congratulating the Principal and Board of Governors of the Little London High School for implementing a Sixth form programme at the institution, the Governor General said with the skills students are now able to acquire, they will be fully equipped to take on the world of work and tertiary level studies.

He said the path being pursued by the management of the school fits into his ‘I Believe Initiative’, which seeks to get Jamaicans, especially the youth, to  believe in their worth and to work towards being positive people in the country.

Restating his mantra that “there is nothing wrong with Jamaica that cannot be fixed with what is right with Jamaica,” the Governor General encouraged the students to seize the moment to become part of what is right for Jamaica.

He said Jamaica’s future is bright as people are now becoming more conscious about the role they must play in ensuring that the country attains its 2030 vision of making Jamaica the place to live, work, do business and raise families.